Race Schedule and Results

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I will survive...

Okay, first to clear things up... I'm DEFINITELY not saying that I'm willing to give up any friendships because of my choice to do the Ironman or that I won't make any time for anyone because of the Ironman. I definitely know that I only get from relationships what I put into them. All I'm saying is that I'm doing the best I can given my work schedule and training schedule to find time for everything, including friends, family, etc. and hope that everyone knows that... that's all that I meant by asking people to be patient. :) I hope everyone understands that! It was EXTREMELY hard to not go out after dinner last night with family and friends because of my training, but I know I did what I needed to do. Thanks you guys for not giving us any grief about it! :)

Alright, on to my weekend. It was grueling! I could end it there, but I won't leave you in suspense (ha... like you're sitting on the edge of your chair waiting for details right?). Yesterday we hit the bike fairly early. I knew that we'd be going about 50 miles or so. It was windy, but I started off feeling great. I pushed myself pretty hard though and kept up with Tom for the whole ride. Probably a bad choice. We had a great ride, don't get me wrong, but I got off the bike, threw on my running shoes and ouch. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! My 5 mile transition run was a disaster! It was hot. It was still windy. Tom looked like a million bucks and I resorted to walking about 3.5 miles into it. I had nothing left in my tank. Had I just pushed it a little less on the bike I'd probably had a slow transition run, but a run for 5 miles none the less! :( Lesson learned.

Today's run went well. I was pooped from yesterday and this was really the first loooooong week that we'd had - I could feel it adding up. We ran 11.5 miles (I think I averaged about 9:17's on the way out and 9:40's overall so I slowed considerably). I knew I probably had gone out fast, but I felt great and somehow had convinced myself that I was running a pace that I could sustain after yesterday's workout. Funny how the mind works! And I had a lot of mind work to get sorted out. Tom said that he's never seen someone run a pace based on their mind. And I do - my mind is my worst enemy sometimes. I would speed up if I knew that there was a water stop ahead. I'd speed up if I was in front of Tom (otherwise, I feel like I'm chasing him). I'd slow down if Tom asked how I felt and said bad. It really is something that I need to work on. I think I need to crack open my copy of The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training. It's sitting on my beside waiting to be read. After today's run... I better get reading! :)

So that about sums it up. We jumped on our bikes after the run,but cut it short due to the blackening sky. We were fine with things. I'm just getting ready to cook up some real post race food - homemade fajitas!!! Now that's the way to end a long weekend!

9 comments:

Mom said...

I don't think you need the Guide to Personal Training...you're just your own worse critic. What do you expect after expending yourself hard two days in a row. We missed you last evening, but both Dad and I completely understood that today's training would be a hard one and you needed to get a good nights' rest. Tomorrow's another day and we see you then, also. How lucky we are to see you a few times in one week. Great job on the training. We're so proud of you both. xo

Jumper 2.0 said...

Good job.

Don't worry about that run after the bike. The only harm it did to you was give you doubt. So toss that doubt out and go for it again next time.

Jumper 2.0 said...

Oh and great mom comments too!

IronTriTim said...

Great training, friends understand, thats why they are friends.

Kristen said...

Like Irontritim said...friends understand that you are training. While it may suck for the next few months not "getting to do stuff", look at what the payoff will be on November 1. I will take a million "I can't get together because I have a long bike (run, swim, or any combination of the above)" to be able to see you finish strong on November 1. I love you (we love you) and are SO INCREDIBLY proud and amazed at all you are doing to become an Irondiva. Love you!!!!

Borsch said...

True friends understand that this training is important to you!

Jen said...

Sounds like a killer wknd! Don't worry about your friends...if they are TRUE friends, they will support you through your jorney to IRON DIVA.

Rachel said...

Keep up the good work! Those who love and understand and support you will know what you're going through and will be there on the other side of the finish line.

We are the Ferrari's said...

I truly admire what you are doing! I am sure all of your truw friends are proud of what you are doing as well! :)

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